On October 10th, 2010, TEDxPune hosted its first event to inspire better cities and citizenship. We were interested in spreading ideas, and our main challenge was to engage our local community.
We wanted to cover people from various backgrounds - from technologically enabled engineers to poor slum kids who have potential ideas, but don’t have a platform or access.
In one year since the first TEDxPune — we’ve hosted a series of activities in our city for “ideas worth spreading”:
Every year, Pune hosts an international marathon, where 50,000+ people participate. We decided to participate and promote TEDxPune with a poster campaign.
TEDxPune volunteers were standing at various corners of the marathon route with TEDxPune posters, and explained the concept of TEDx and TEDxPune to anyone that was interested.
TEDxYouthDay and Watching the Livestream of TEDxYouth@NASA
TEDxPune Creativity Workshop
Participants were asked to create a parachute from waste — a teacup, thread — with limited time.
TEDxChange Event and Poster Campaign
Pune consists of poor people, as well rich people. Ideas have no boundaries, and we decided to host events in communities where people dont have access to internet and technology. We introduced TED and TEDx to people in these slum communities and showed people how to host their own TEDx event.
Barry Newstaed — the Global Development Director at Wikipedia — spoke at TEDxPune to celebrate 10th Anniversary of Wikipedia.
The Show must go on, inspiration must go on.
Written by Abhishek Suryawanshi, TEDxPune Curator.